At last the UN-Habitat Executive Director's position has been advertised.- time for all good candidates to apply.

The UN-Habitat Executive Director's position has been advertised. Please circulate this within your networks to all eligible interested parties. The call for expression of interest can be found here. 
The post should go to a developing country candidate as UNEP has gone to a WEOG candidate and so to balance the senior management in Nairobi money must be on a developing country candidate.
In March this year i made a number of suggestions - now that the position is open again let me remind you who they were. I have added Karla Šlechtová the Czech Minister of Regional Development.
Developing Country suggestions

Ambassador Macharia Kamau the Kenyan Ambassador to the UN in New York and of course well known to all of us for the amazing work he did in co-chairing both the Sustainable Development Goals Open Working Group and the negotiations for the 2030 Agenda.

In May 2016 United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon appointed Kamau and Mary Robinson as Special Envoy of the Secretary-General on El Niño and Climate, tasking them with calling attention to the 60 million people around the world affected by severe El Niño-linked drought and climate impacts, and mobilising an integrated response that takes preparedness for future climatic events into account.

Most recently the President of the United Nations General Assembly Peter Thomson appointed Kamau as the Special Envoy on Sustainable Development Goals Implementation and Climate Change, in order to motivate actors at global, regional, national, and community levels.
Liz Thompson former Assistant Secretary General for Rio+20 and championed the Higher Education Sustainability Initiative (HESI), aimed at developing more practitioners of sustainability.

To date the HESI has attracted support from more than 300 universities in over 50 countries. It seeks to get universities and business schools to green their campuses and transport systems, develop green procurement policies and supply chains, build a body of literature, case studies and learning around sustainable development, and teach sustainability as a module to all students so as to enhance their understanding and practice of sustainability in their discipline and area of enterprise
Prior to that the Barbados Minister of Energy and Environment and Minister of Health. She is winner of the UNEP Champions of the Earth Award and would bring enormous amounts of positive energy to the position.
Rana Kapoor  is the founder, managing director and CEO of Yes Bank, which is a private sector bank in India.

YES bank has a core plank of responsible banking that cuts across all functions of the Bank, integrates sustainability and business strategies extending CSR beyond “mere philanthropy". It has established a framework to recognize, evaluate, monitor and manage the environmental and social facets in day-to-day decision-making process has assumed critical importance for banks. He has led the banks support for the triple-bottom-line approach in making credit decisions.
YES BANK takes a precautionary approach to environmental and social impacts of its lending activities. The Bank has voluntarily adopted the policy which is based on international frameworks such as the Equator Principles and IFC guidelines.
The Environment and Social Policy is a crucial part of the Bank’s credit risk appraisal process, which goes beyond the realm of financial risk mitigation.
This would enormously improve the chances for UN Habitat to play a critical role in the development of  and support of local and subnational financing for the SDGs and the New Urban Agenda.
Marthinus van Schalkwyk  at present the South African Ambassador to Greece.  He has been Minister of Environmental Affairs and Tourism for South Africa  which he held from 2004  until May 2009, when a new Ministry of Water and Environmental Affairs was created and he became Minister of Tourism.

He played a critical role in the arguements for the reform of UNEP and WTO. He was also President of the African Ministerial Conference on the Environment (AMCEN) and a candidate in 2009 for head of the UNFCCC.
Another South African William (Billy) Cobbett is Director of Cities Alliance, which is a global partnership for urban poverty reduction and promotion of the role of cities in sustainable development. He joined the Cities Alliance in 2001 after serving as acting Chief of the Shelter Branch at the United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat), where he designed and launched the Global Campaign for Secure Tenure.
Prior to joining UN-Habitat he held numerous positions in his native South Africa, including Director of Housing for the City of Cape Town, Director-General of the National Department of Housing, and National Coordinator of the Department of Local and Regional Government, and Housing, for the African National Congress. He began his urban career as Coordinator of Planact, an urban NGO in Johannesburg.

So if it doesn't go to a developing country who might be an interesting candidate from the developed world?

Karla Šlechtová Minister of Regional Development.  She was active in Habitat III. From February 2011 to May 2014, she worked as a Director of the Section for Preparation of the 2014-2020 Programming Period at the Ministry of Regional Development, Czech Republic.
From June 2014, she worked as a Director for the EU Funds section and European Affairs section at the Office of the Government of the Czech Republic.
Arnold Schwarzenegger now he is no longer doing the  Celebrity Apprentice he may have time on his hands. Former Governor of California is 2016 California's GDP passed that of France to become the sixth largest in the world. He set up Regions20 this was to help sub-national governments around the world to develop and communicate low-carbon and climate resilient economic development projects.
As a Republican he has been a strong advocate of action on climate change. .At a 2015 security conference, he called climate change the issue of our time. Schwarzenegger Institute for State and Global Policy (part of the USC Sol Price School of Public Policy at the University of Southern California) was named in his honor.
"Help others and give something back. I guarantee you will discover that while public service improves the lives and the world around you, its greatest reward is the enrichment and new meaning it will bring your own life."
 Ida Auken Danish politician and member of parliament from the Danish Social Liberal Party. She was Minister for the Environment of Denmark from 2011-14 during Rio+20 when the Danish Government held the Presidency of the European Union. Her uncle also had been Minister of Environment Svend Auken and played a critical role in the runup to the World Summit on Sustainable Development in 2002.
She is member of the Advisory Board of, a Danish company that produces organic children's clothing after the circular idea, so that the clothes be rented and reused. Ida Auken is also a member of Old Brick 's Advisory Board, which is a Danish company that cleans and recycles used bricks.
She is  also member of the Advisory Board of EMG, an international CSR and sustainability consultancy founded in the Netherlands, which advises in sustainable development and Cradle to Cradle certified products.
Andris Piebalgs  is a Latvian politician and diplomat who served as European Commissioner for Development at the European Commission from 2010 until 2014. Between 2004 and 2009 he served as Commissioner for Energy. On 4 June 2016, Piebalgs was elected as the leader of the Unity party.

The Economist magazine honoured him with the title "Eurocrat of the Year" in 2007.
From 2012 to 2013, Piebalgs served – alongside Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, David Cameron and others – on the High-level Panel on Post-2015 Development Agenda, an advisory board established by United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon to develop the global development agenda beyond 2015, the target date for the Millennium Development Goals.
Jeb Brugmann now at 100 resilent cities.  In 1990, he founded ICLEI-Local Governments for Sustainability, an international association of 1,200 cities and towns worldwide that are advancing practices in local sustainable development.

He served as ICLEI Secretary General from 1991-2000, and as interim Executive Director of ICLEI USA in 2009. In 2004, he co-founded The Next Practice innovation consultancy.  His new book, Welcome to the Urban Revolution: How Cities Are Changing the World, was published in 2009.
His initiatives have received official praise from the UN General Assembly (1997), the UN Conference on Human Settlements (1996) and the UN World Summit on Sustainable Development (2002). Brugmann’s leadership starting with worldwide Local Agenda 21 initiative won him the Millennium Award (2000) from the European Environment Agency/Princes’ Award Foundation and the Stockholm Partne
rships Award (2002) from the City of Stockholm and King of Sweden.


  1. I am also aware that Prof. Oyebanji Oyeyinka (Nigeria) is also another candidate for the ED's post.
    He was the Director, Regional Office for Africa UN-Habitat (till February 2017)
    and was
    Former Director, Global Monitoring and Research Division, UN-Habitat
    Former Director and Chief Scientific Advisor, UN-Habitat
    Professorial Fellow, Technology, Innovation Policy and Development, United Nations University- MERIT, Maastricht, the Netherlands
    Visiting Professor, Innovation Policy and Development, the Open University, Milton Keynes, United Kingdom
    Senior Economic Adviser, UN Centre on Trade and Development (UNCTAD), Geneva where he coordinated the ten-year review of performance of Least Developed Countries (LDCs)
    Fellow, Nigerian Academy of Engineering; Fellow, Nigerian Society of Chemical Engineers
    His vision is to re-build a UN-Habitat that capitalizes on its potentials as stated in the General Assembly resolution 56/206 as the United Nations programme with the mandate of human settlements and urbanization. He intends to pursue the core goals of the agency that include A. Reducing and eliminating Urban Inequity and Poverty by 2030 as spelled out in Agenda 2030 (SDGs), B. Pursue Slum Upgrading aggressively and ultimately achieve Zero Slum in Cities; C. Decent and affordable Housing for all citizens; D. Pursue Health Urban Safety and Security; E. Livable Cities Agenda (well planned, use of technologically innovative solutions, zero tolerance for congestion and pollution). F. Urban Basic Services including Water and Sanitation.


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